The responsibility of the Tax Assessor and his staff is to value all real estate properties in the Township at a State Mandated percentage of Market Value.
Each property owner’s Real Estate Taxes are based on the assessed value of his/her land, home, and accessory buildings. The taxes shown on your yearly tax bill shows your share of the expenses for the services offered and performed by the Municipality, School District, County, and Fire District for that year.
The Tax Assessor’s Office is also a library of tax maps, property ownership records, real estate sales, property descriptions, and information on each property in the Township.
The 2016 Equalization Ratio is 41.70% of Market Value.
The Chapter 123 Lower & Upper Limits for appeals are 35.45% and 47.96%. This means that if your assessment is below 35.45% of Market Value or above 47.96% of Market Value, you may have grounds to file an Assessment Appeal.
A green and white assessment card is mailed in late-January, which lists your tax assessment for that year. If a property owner feels that the current year assessment is inaccurate he or she may file a Tax Appeal with the Middlesex County Tax Board, prior to April 1st.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU DO NOT FILE AN APPEAL OF THE AMOUNT OF TAXES YOUR ARE BILLED BUT RATHER THE ASSESSMENT OF THE PROPERTY.
Tax Appeals must focus on the assessment vs. market value. Real estate sales are on file in our office for public viewing to aid in determining current market value. For more information on how property is assessed please use this link http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/ptassessment.pdf